The creative and spiritual journey of a (textile) recycler. . .

I have thought about starting a blog for a long time now. I just couldn’t seem to get started. I thought. . what would I say, what would I do and really . . . . . who would care.

Last year I had the great fortune to witness a ‘happening’. As a spouse at a reunion (I know, groan) I was both an observer and participant. This reunion was attended by some of the most creative and talented people on the face of the planet. Really, no exaggeration! But many were holding onto life long insecurities. They didn’t think they were talented enough and embarrassed to perform in front of each other for fear of . . who knows . . . finger pointing, whispers, laughter, ridicule of some sort for sure. Once it was revealed that many shared the same feelings, the healing began. And I was the lucky one. I got to witness it all and benefit as well.

So, the message is that we all think we are not good enough compared to someone else, but we are. Don’t let your fears and insecurities stop you. We can’t measure our own success by someone else’s talents.

This revelation and the kindness / support of strangers has propelled my creative journey to a place I had given up ever getting to. Tho I thought my creative juices were dried up forever, they have merely been reawakened. Many thanks to all involved in my process, including in-part . . Victoria B, Mrs. W., Charles Mc., Claudia H, Mary B, Cindy G, Sandy B, Traci B., Kat C, and my IAA family. So, thank you. I dedicate this blog to all of you!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fortune comes true!

No one really believes that fortune cookie fortunes come true. . . do they?

On September 11, I opened up a fortune cookie to find 2 paper fortunes. (see Sept 11 post). One of them said I would receive a small package. I didn't think much about it because I had not purchased anything. To my surprise last week I found a small envelope on the porch. Check out what was inside. . .

This vest was made by Virginia Avery! It turns out that Virginia is a good friend of my friend Maria. In a brief conversation about art quilting, Maria was excited when I told her that not only do I know who Virginia is, but I have her books.
Here is a bit about Virginia: 
'In her forty-plus years in the wearable art and quilt world Virginia Avery has amassed a considerable body of celebrated work, as well as a reputation as a teacher for inspiring and motivating her students in a self-affirming, creative learning environment, richly deserving being named one of the 1000 most influential women of the 1990s by Mirabella magazine; selected as the 3rd recipient of the 1996 Silver Star Award for Lifetime Achievement by the International Quilt Festival; and now for her selection as the 36th Honoree into The Quilters Hall of Fame.' 

Thank you Maria! Thank you fortune cookie!

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